Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Everything You Wanted to Know about Pardons (in Canada)

The National Post has a great piece on pardons in Canada. It reports that, since 1970, more than 400,000 Canadians have received pardons. Last year, almost 10,000 pardons were granted. A pardon, however, can be revoked if there is evidence of further criminal activity or it is discovered that applicants "lied or concealed relevant information." Thus, about 4% of pardon recipients have experienced revocation.

The report also notes:
While a pardon does not erase evidence of a person's criminal conviction, it means that the record is kept separately from other criminal records, and -- for non-sex offenders -- does not show up on checks of the Canadian Police Information Centre. This puts the offender in better stead when applying for a job, an apartment rental and education opportunities. "Pardons encourage commitments to lead law-abiding lives, help people secure jobs and reduce reliance on social programs," says the board's latest planning report. In most cases, a pardon also allows for foreign travel, including to the United States.
See complete story here.

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